Truth About Communism: Part IV

Karl Marx defined socialism as a pit stop between capitalism and communism. While sometimes this change happens slowly, it always ends badly. The quickest and worst example of this transition is Chairman Mao, the greatest mass murder of the 20th century. Mao Zedong used his power to crush the Chinese people in a merciless attempt to create a new socialist China. The majority of his crimes came in two distinct waves --- The Great Leap Forward, beginning in 1958, and the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. In the end, an estimated 65 million Chinese had died by execution, imprisonment or forced famine.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: The story of America is really one of self-reliance and optimism. And profound faith. Not only in the context of religious freedom, but also in the unprecedented faith in the able to of human beings to control their own destiny. And while the spirit of personal responsibility was extraordinary, strong with our Founders, great patriots like Thomas Paine argued for redistribution of wealth right off the bat. Alexander Hamilton wanted a central bank. They wound up losing those battles, but there were plenty who kept on fighting.

The Constitution of the United States kept those dogs at bay for a better part of 200 years. But eventually, those seeking a different path than the ones the founders settled on, realized only way to really defeat the Constitution was for the people to stop reading it. Progressives realized victory required changing history. And to defeat them, we have to correct that.

Progressives know how powerful history is. When these truths are told and the lies get corrected, the game is going to be on. It's pulling the mask off, like Che Guevara. Che may make communism look cool and trendy, but the reality couldn't be more horrific and disgusting. These related political philosophies are not hip and are certainly not taken lightly. Karl Marx defined socialism as a pit stop between capitalism and communism. It isn't an end point. While sometimes this change happens slowly, it always ends badly. And perhaps never worse than with Chairman Mao. Mao used his power to crush the Chinese people. The majority his crimes came in two distinct waves.

Lee Edwards explained.

VOICE: From 1959 to 1961 was the so-called Great Leap Forward, which was actually a gigantic leap backwards in which he tried to collectivize and communize agriculture, and they came to him after the first year and said, Chairman, 5 million people have died of famine.

And he said, no matter. Keep going.

The second year they said 10 million Chinese have died.

And he said, no matter, continue.

The third year, 20 million Chinese have died and he said, finally, well, perhaps this is not the best idea that I've ever had.

VOICE: A survivor of the Mao regime recalls.

VOICE: When he was told his people were dying of starvation, Mao said educate the peasant to eat less. Death haze benefits. It fertilizes the land.

GLENN: Mao's approach turned from brutal indifference to revenge. With a cultural revolution, his messing was to destroy both enemies and intellectuals.

VOICE: Professors, teachers added in the corner with a dunce cap. They were made to get down on all fours and bark like a dog.

GLENN: Jung Chang and her family found themselves in Mao's crosshairs.

VOICE: My father was one of the few who stood up to Mao and protested the cultural revolution. My mother was under tremendous pressure to denounce my father. She refused. And so as a result, my mother was made to kneel on broken glass. She was paraded in the streets where children spat and threw stones at her. She was excited to a camp.

GLENN: When her father wrote to protest the cultural revolution, he paid the ultimate price.

VOICE: My mother tried to stop him. My mother said, you don't want to ruin the lives of your children. So he said, what about the children of the victims. As a result, he was imprisoned, touted, driven insane. He was exiled to a camp and died prematurely tragically.

GLENN: Has a victim of Mao's rushing rule. Jung Chang's father was not alone.

VOICE: Some 65 million Chinese died under Maoist communism.

VOICE: Mao just didn't care. And he said for all his project to take off, half of China may well have to die.

VOICE: By a ratio of three or four to 1, we certainly can say that Mao was the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century.

GLENN: Which makes this comment by former House White House communications director, Anita Dunn, so incredibly disturbing.

VOICE: Two of my favorite philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa.

GLENN: Dunn's comments, once again, highlight the treatment that leftist totalitarianism receives by too many in our society. Communism is looked at as something we can borrow from, liberally, even today. But the truth is that it is among history's the most proficient killers.

VOICE: According to the Black Book of Communism published by Harvard University Press, nearly 100 million people died under communism in the 20th century. It all flows out of this idea that the communists think that they can create a new society. And anybody who gets in their way, they will cut down. They will kill. They will imprison. And they will eliminate in pursuit of that goal.

GLENN: This was an idea shared by more people than you would think. Including Nobel prize winner and famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

VOICE: Now we'll be kind of enough to justify your existence if you're not producing as much as you consume -- (indiscernible) more, then clearly we cannot use the big organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, your life does not benefit us, and it can't be of very much use to yourself.

GLENN: And this was actually somewhat subtle for Shaw. He'd also foreshadowed some of the worst atrocities in our planet's history he wrote, I appeal to the chemists to discover a humane gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. In short, a gentlemanly gas, deadly by all means. But humane, not cruel.

VOICE: Jonah Goldberg, author of the liberal fascism, explains.

VOICE: People like George Bernard Shaw were convinced that overpopulation was this terrible, terrible problem particularly because the unfit, the genetically less desired, were watching the good genetic types. In the late 19th century, there are almost the cream of British intelligencia, embracing eugenics, well into the early 20th century, saying that thousands, millions had to be march off into gas chambers and liquidated.

George Bernard Shaw has this great line where he says, you know, we should do it while playing lovely classical music as we march them into the gas chambers. A lot of people seem to think that this concept of the gas chamber as a tool of social policy was invented by the Nazis. It wasn't. And I mean in this the most gusting, evil way. It was perfected by the Nazis. But the idea of using things like gas chambers to kill off millions of people so that the rest of the good guys could prosper and move to the sunny uplands of history was immensely popular.

GLENN: With 100 million killed, communism exists in a very exclusive club. Alongside the planet's worst communicable diseases like smallpox and the bubonic plague. But it's not just communism. It's the truth of any government with too much power. Some government is of course necessary. But too much is suicidal. Every all-powerful government has elements of what Marx called the revolutionary holocaust.

The relentless pursuit of nirvana. And the price it's worth paying to get there in human life.

It's only by understanding history that we can stop this from happening again and again and again.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.